Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Top News!

The deadline to apply for the 2017 New Contemplatives Initiative is this week! Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 4 November. If you would like to apply, or know someone who might be a great fit, head to the website for details and to download the application.


Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 30 November, we want to hear from you!

Gratitude is an important contemplative practice. What are you most thankful for today? Share a brief story.

Presence Journal

Presence art editor, Tobias Becker, is now accepting images of original artwork for possible publication in the journal. If you would like to submit your art, please send an electronic image to Tobias at




Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey with? Each month, SDI features a resource you can incorporate in your spiritual care for yourself and others.

  1. Sarah Cledwyn, MA, and Terri Pahucki, MA, share about emerging language in spiritual direction for atheists, agnostics, and the “nones.”

    Questions this video addresses:
    1. Do you connect to the God or Higher Power of your youth? How has your faith and spiritual journey changed since you were a child?
    2. What are some terms and phrases that you have used when trying to talk about prayer and the presence that some people name God?
    3. Think about a time when you personally experienced awe and wonder in your life. How can you reclaim that experience as a spiritual practice?
  1. The latest issue of Connections is now available! Engage with your global learning community through personal reflection stories, photographs, and more. This issue focuses on how spiritual direction can increase peace and justice in the world.


Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and SDI is the place to learn.

Take Advantage of Early-Bird Rates!
Registration for the 2017 Seeking Connection educational events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is open! Take advantage of early-bird discounts and register now—space is limited.

The Seeking Connection conference will take place at the Sheraton Toronto Hotel and Conference Centre. You can reserve online or by calling 866-932-7058. Be sure to mention Spiritual Directors International of the group code 9724 to receive the discount rate.

Read more information, learn about workshop options, book your hotel accommodations, and register today!


SDI Webinar: Reimagining Supervision
Supervision is an ethical imperative for spiritual directors. At its best, it is also a compassionate, contemplative practice that brings freedom to spiritual directors and spiritual directees alike. In this webinar, we will discuss supervision as a grounded, safe, compassionate relationship between peers, one designed to provide new ways forward for both spiritual directors and spiritual directees.

This webinar frames supervision as a process we engage in to better serve our spiritual directees. Register today!


Free Seeker Teleconference
As a seeker, are you curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive? Learn how to take the first step with Fr. Jim Clarke and spiritual seekers around the world during a free teleconference on 15 November. RSVP today!




Opportunity to Give

Thank you to all the donors who contributed over the 2016 fiscal year! Because of your gifts, lives are changed. Thank you for raising awareness of spiritual direction around the world and across traditions. To see a list of the 2016 donors, check out the latest issue of Connections.

Donations have a direct effect on programs and publications, community is developed, scholarships and bursaries are awarded, education is furthered, new wisdom is discovered, and seekers connect with spiritual companions. Please consider a donation today. Your gift matters.


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 14 November and be entered to win an SDI goodie! The winner* will be notified 15 November and announced in the following month's issue of Discover.

Name an author in the November 2016 issue of Connections. HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our October winner was Elizabeth Palmer who received a copy of the SDI Webinar recording of her choice. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

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